• Distinguished Fellow,
    International Academy of Mediators


I had the good fortune as a commercial litigator to handle a wide variety of different kinds of cases in a variety of different industries.

I discovered early in my career as a commercial litigator that it was impossible for me to be effective in handling a case without learning the business and applicable law.

While mediators pride themselves on having the conflict resolution skills to mediate any type of conflict, the truth is that in civil case mediation, it really does matter if you know what you’re talking about as a mediator. Below I have tried to list and distinguish the areas in which I have a high level of understanding and those in which I believe I know enough to be helpful as a mediator. There are doubtless topics that I omitted from this listing, which I will update as I reflect on my legal career.

Seminar Speaker: American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Practising Law Institute, National Employment Lawyers Association, Northwestern Univ. Law School, Loyola Univ. Law School, DePaul College of Law, National Academy of Arbitrators and various private seminar providers.

Business torts
Civil Rights (1983)
Class Actions
Contract Disputes
Director & Officer Liability/Indemnification
Equitable Remedies/Injunction Actions, Employment/Discrimination/Harassment
Fraud/Securities Fraud/Deceptive Trade Practice
Indemnity (Contractual/Subrogation)
Internal Corporate Disputes/Buy-Sell Agreements
Trade Secrets/Non-Compete Agreements
Wage & Hour
Employee Benefits
Environmental Law
Fidelity & Surety
Insurance Coverage
Intellectual Property
Legal Malpractice/Ethics
Products Liability
Real Estate